‘Beware of phone scammer’: Dane County sheriff warns of impostor scam

‘Beware of phone scammer’: Dane County sheriff warns of impostor scam

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is warning people in the community to “beware of (a) phone scammer.”

An elaborate phone scam in which a caller impersonates a sheriff’s deputy is going around the western parts of Dane County, according to a news release. The scammer calls from the spoofed phone number 608-234-5233 and claims the victim has bench warrants for failure to appear for jury duty and contempt of court.

The scammer then says the victim should get a cash card or prepaid debit card at a major retail outlet in order to post their bond and then meet the scammer in front of the Public Safety Building to finalize bail on the fictitious charges.

While the victim is still on the phone, the scammer asks them to read their card number over the phone, “in order to save time.” The scammer then hangs up and the victim is out whatever bond amount they loaded onto the prepaid card.

“Please do not fall prey to this scam. The Sheriff’s Office does not ask for money over the phone,” the news release said. “Rest assured, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating these incidents that currently seem to be concentrated on the western half of the County.”

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